Breaking Heavy Textbooks in to Smaller Books for Easy Carrying.





Introduction: Breaking Heavy Textbooks in to Smaller Books for Easy Carrying.

Teachers and students rejoice! If you have ever resented lugging a heavy back-breaking textbook around campus when all you really needed were a few dozen pages in said book this instructable is for you. You will turn a large text book into smaller individually bound mini-books that fit inside of the big book.

Step 1: Tear the Book in to Sections.

(Bibliophiles will have trouble with this step.) It's not recommended for older books as they may crack, but most modern textbooks are held together by glue. When you rip sections out of the book take care not to tear the pages. You also will want to start and end your sections on a chapter break. You will want about 120-300 pages per section, less will be too floppy... more will be too heavy.

Step 2: Make a Cardstock Cover for Each Section.

Cut 2 cardstock pieces to the same size as each of your torn-out sections. You might want to put the cardstock through a printer first to create a cover with the name of the textbook and chapters included in that section. 

Step 3: Bind and Tape the Section.

Using "bookbinding tape" bind the covers on to each section. Use some double-sided scrapbook tape on the first and last pages to hold the cover in place. (see image)

Step 4: Enjoy Taking Only the Sections You Need to Class!

Now you can take only the sections you need to class. You can store the sections you are not using in the book cover. A large rubber-band is useful for holding them all in place.

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This is very cool idea really. I remember those times - carrying half a ton on my beck. Hated that.

Having taken the book apart, I would scan it into .jpg or .pdf format, and carry it around in my android tablet. Leave the heavy tome at home.

This is awesome. They should just make all books this way to begin with!

But then you would have to search for each part, since they would be sold seperately

the only problem I see is when you want to sell the book back so you can afford groceries when you are a poor college student... So I guess I'll be poor and tired from lugging all my books around... HA HA HA Great Instructable Very Clear. Maybe explain the binding tape step a little more though.

You can just re-bind the book after the year is over.

That would soooo help with my Alg II/Trig book but my books are borrowed from the school (high school) guess that's one good reason to buy books...
You can still probably sell the books for more than the whole if you can convince them that the lighter separate weights is worth a torn book

You can just re-bind the book after the year is over.

Why didn't I think of that BEFORE breaking my back caring my med surg books! YOU ARE AWESOME DUDE!!!

You couldn't sell them back to a book store. But you could still get maximum value out of them by selling them directly to another student.

In fact, if it was a nicely done job, I would buy a broken-book over one that's complete. Although I probably wouldn't pay more for it.